Sheila Mary Targett

By Matthew McKew

Published on Friday, September 09, 2016 - 16:30


Sheila Mary Targett

Sheila Mary Targett

A LIFELONG musician, churchgoer and keen traveller has died, aged 90.

Sheila Mary Targett was born in Yeovil, Somerset, on December 20, 1925.

She left school at 17 and worked in a solicitor’s office for a short time, before following her father into the police, becoming a Woman’s Auxiliary police constable during the last two years of the Second World War.

She then joined the Red Cross, learning nursing skills that she would improve on during training at Plymouth and hone while working at Chippenham District Hospital as a civil nursing reserve.

Mrs Targett always loved music and, when the opportunity arose, she swapped nursing for the chance to be privately tutored in Putney, London, by a professor at the Royal College of Music.

With a teaching diploma in hand by 1951, Mrs Targett set out as a music teacher.

In 1959, she met Clifford Targett during his curacy at St John’s Church, Glastonbury. They were engaged in 1961 and married a year later, when work took Mr Targett to Alverstoke.

It was during their two years there, the couple had sons, Lucian and Michael.

In 1965, Mr Clifford was ordained and the family moved to Binstead for the now the Rev Targett to take up a role at Holy Cross Church.

Mrs Targett became leader of the Young Wives’ Group and was acting organist and choir mistress at the church.

Life became a little harder in 1969 when a fire swept through the church, causing massive damage and resulted in Mr Targett suffering a heart attack.

In 1972, Mr Targett took up the incumbency of St Peter’s Church, Shorwell, and St James’s Church, Kingston.

There Mrs Targett threw herself into parish work, flower arranging, playing the organ, leading the choir, helping the Mothers’ Union and joining several music groups.

Worsening health forced Mr Clifford to retire in 1980 and the family moved to Shanklin, with Mrs Targett occasionally playing the organ at St Saviour’s Church.

Mr Targett died in 1986 after a period of sustained ill health and Mrs Targett adjusted to life by returning to work as a music teacher.

She became a member of the Townswomen’s Guild, and regularly helped for many years at Shanklin Age Concern.

Mrs Targett was a committee member of the Children’s Society at Ryde and Shanklin from the 1960s to when she resigned in 1999.

In 2002, she retired from working life and used her time to travel extensively abroad and at home.

The funeral will be held on Monday at St Saviour-on-the-Cliff, at 11am, followed by the burial at St Peter’s Church, Shorwell.

After the burial, a gathering will be held at Shorwell Village Hall. All are welcome to attend at any time.

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